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CAB: Bhupen’s son decides to turn down ‘Bharat Ratna’ award

GUWAHATI, FEB 11 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/11/2019 11:27:03 AM IST

Bhupen Hazarika’s son on Monday said that he will not accept the highest civilian award ‘Bharat Ratna’ conferred by Narendra Modi government to his father in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. 

An e-mailed statement issued on Sunday quoted Tez Hazarika, who lives in the USA, as saying: “In his songs he celebrated the richness of indigenous people not only of the Northeast but all of India and he advocated their inclusion in the Indian experience as essential to the success of Indian civilisation as a whole.” 

The government had announced that former president Pranab Mukherjee, the later Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and Bhupen Hazarika would be conferred the Bharat Ratna -- the country’s highest civilian award.

 

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